1988 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship

The 1988 tournament championship game was played at Syracuse University in front of 20,148 fans. The Syracuse Orangemen defeated the Cornell Big Red, 13-8 for the first of their three straight NCAA titles.

1988 NCAA Division I Men's
Lacrosse Championship
Finals siteSyracuse University
ChampionsSyracuse (2nd title)
Runner-upCornell
Attendance[1]20,148 finals
46,141 total
NCAA Division I Men's Championships
«1987 1989»

Tournament overview

The 1988 national champion Syracuse team is notable for being undefeated, 15-0, and for featuring the Gait brothers Paul and Gary Gait, as well as John Zulberti.

This NCAA tournament is also notable for being the tournament where Gary Gait took his famous "Air Gait" shot in a tight semi-final game against University of Pennsylvania. Penn played a tough zone styled defense to try and contain the Gaits and Syracuse. Gary Gait saw a way around the zone, by running direct to the goal from behind, and slam dunking the ball from behind into the goal past the shocked goaltender. At that time, you were allowed to both touch the goal and land in the crease, provided the ball had first crossed the goal line. Gait actually scored on two "Air Gait" plays in that game. Of course, the NCAA outlawed that type of play a short while later.

Syracuse won that semifinal game against Penn on a goal by Paul Gait with 3 seconds left.

In a 23-5 quarterfinal win over Navy, Gary Gait scored a tournament record of 9 goals.

Tournament results

  Regionals Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
  Navy 10  
8 Harvard 9  
  1 Syracuse 23  
    Navy 5  
     
       
  1 Syracuse 11  
  4 Penn 10  
       
       
  4 Penn 12
    5 Loyola 9  
5 Loyola 19
  Air Force 8  
  1 Syracuse 13
  Cornell 8
  Cornell 13  
6 Massachusetts 11  
  3 North Carolina 4
    Cornell 6  
     
       
  Cornell 17
  Virginia 6  
       
       
  2 Johns Hopkins 10
    Virginia 11(i)  
  Virginia 10
7 Yale 9  
(i) one overtime

Tournament boxscores

Tournament Finals

Team1234Total
Syracuse263213
Cornell10438
  • Syracuse scoring – Greg Burns 3, Gary Gait 2, Brook Chase 2, Paul Gait 2, Jim Egan 2, Rodney Dumpson, Keith Owens
  • Cornell scoring – Tim Goldstein 3, John Wurzburger 2, Mike Cummings, Steve Meyer, Vince Angotti
  • Shots: Syracuse 50, Cornell 48
  • Saves: Syracuse 21, Cornell 19

Tournament Semi-Finals

Team1234Total
Syracuse126211
Penn223310
  • Syracuse scoring – Gary Gait 3, John Zulberti 3, Paul Gait 2, Jim Egan 2, Greg Burns
  • Penn scoring – Sean Dougherty 3, Chris Flynn 2, Stewart Fisher 2, John Lyons, Peter Smith, Chris Conforti
  • Shots: Syracuse 46, Pennsylvania 29
  • Saves: Pennsylvania 20, Syracuse 15
Team1234Total
Cornell264517
Virginia32106
  • Cornell scoring – Steve Meyer 4, Vince Angotti 3, John Wurzburger 2, Mike Cummings 2, Tony Morgan 2, John Heil, Tim Goldstein, Kevin Moran, Geoff Hall
  • Virginia scoring – Steve Anderson, Doug Amacher, Andy Kraus, Tom Burt, Tom Engelke, David Smith
  • Shots: Virginia 48, Cornell 37
  • Saves: Cornell 23, Virginia 15

Tournament Quarterfinals

Team1234Total
Syracuse725923
Navy13105
  • Syracuse scoring – Gary Gait 9, Paul Gait 7, Brad Roos, John Zulberti, Rick Cramer, Keith Owens, Jim Egan, Neil Alt, James Poli
  • Navy scoring – Mike Herger 2, Rich Schwarz, Tim Andrews, Tom Hanzsche
  • Shots: Syracuse 50, Navy 20
  • Saves: Navy 14, Syracuse 10
Team1234Total
Pennsylvania441312
Loyola13329
  • Pennsylvania scoring – Bob Scheetz 3, Mike Kelly 3, Stewart Fisher 2, Peter Smith 2, Sean Dougherty, Ted Nyman
  • Loyola scoring – Brian Kroneberger 3, Mike Ruland 2, Rusty Pritzlaff, Andy Wilson, Chris Colbeck, Brian Lutz
  • Shots: Pennsylvania 39, Loyola 33
  • Saves: Loyola 17, Pennsylvania 16
Team1234Total
Cornell23016
North Carolina10124
  • Cornell scoring – John Wurzburger 4, Bill O’Hanlon, Tim Goldstein
  • North Carolina scoring – Michael Thomas, Mark Tummillo, John Szczypinski, Chris Hein
  • Shots: Cornell 44, North Carolina 42
  • Saves: Cornell 27, North Carolina 15
Team1234OT1Total
Virginia3151111
Johns Hopkins0433010
  • Virginia scoring – Chase Monroe 5, Doug Amacher, Andy Kraus, Mike Smith, Chris Wakely, Tom Burt, Rob Schmalz
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Matt Panetta 3, Mike Morrill 2, Pat Russell 2, Jeff Ihm, Greg Kelly, Jack Crawford
  • Shots: Johns Hopkins 50, Virginia 40
  • Saves: Virginia 26, Johns Hopkins 17

References

  1. "NCAA Lacrosse Division I Results / Records" (pdf). NCAA. p. 3 (51). Retrieved 24 April 2014.
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